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A Series on Design Styles: Arts & Crafts and its Influences

If you look back through the blog, you'll see a few references to Frank Lloyd Wright, and maybe even to Craftsman style. One of the first projects I had here in Arizona, coincidentally one of the first posts for the blog, was to develop plans for an addition to a home in a Historic District of Phoenix. Why mention such an early post? The Historic House is a little brick Arts & Crafts; it has built-ins, a key feature of the style that allowed for every day clutter to be tucked away when visitors came, while not over-filling the house with furniture. Though it was built outside the style's key time period, the home is an example of Arts & Crafts. It was also during that project when I mentioned Frank Lloyd Wright for the first time. (read more)
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A Series on Design Styles : Early North America- Southwest Mission

In the last post I talked about Pueblo Style and mentioned it grew into Mission Style. I need to clarify that a bit. There are two Mission Styles common in the U.S. of A.: Arts & Crafts Mission and Southwest Mission. At some point during the early 1900s the two styles interact, but they never merge into one style- they continuously complement each other throughout history. Here I’ll discuss Southwest Mission. Architecture and History have something in common: People are always looking “back” and trying to see how things could be better. The U.S.A. was born in that manner: people were unhappy with their history and changed it, hopefully for the better. Architecture is certainly no different... (read more)
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A Series on Design Styles : Early North America- Pueblo

I'm starting this series off with a regional style that predates Christopher Columbus : Pueblo (also called Southwest or Adobe.) I delighted in researching this style in college, so I am pulling my notes of storage and re-reading all the books to write this entry. This style started out as communal dwellings for the Native American tribes (Navajo, Apache, Hopi) through the southwest region of today's United States: Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, parts of Colorado, and parts of Texas. Built from the 9th through 14th centuries, some structures still stand today, such as Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. (read more)
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